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 Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Is this lens as similar to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens as expected? Read the review to find out how one similarity caused me trouble.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/11/2015 7:22:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 5, 2015
Image quality (ISO 12233 Enhanced Resolution Chart) results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the following pages:
 
Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens (exception: no image quality results presented at this time)
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens
 
The Milvus 21mm image quality test results will be coming soon, along with the explanation of why these results are delayed.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/5/2015 11:29:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Tamron is onto something with their new line of image stabilized wide aperture prime lenses, featuring great styling with image quality that challenges the field.
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/3/2015 7:51:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 30, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens page.
 
Image sharpness, while extremely good, is not alone going to drive many upgrades from the Zeiss 100mm f/2 Macro Lens because ... it was already great. However, image sharpness is not going to impede anyone considering the purchase of this new Milvus lens as it is also a great one.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/30/2015 9:19:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 29, 2015
by Sean Setters
 
Has this ever happened to you?
 
You want to purchase something from B&H, but its value doesn't put it over the free Expedited Shipping threshold? While the item may qualify for free standard shipping, getting my newly purchased gear sooner rather than later is my personal preference (I might be a tad impatient).
 
With that in mind we've developed a list of relatively inexpensive items that may be less practical when purchased on their own, but instead can help push you over the Expedited Shipping threshold when bundling with other purchases.

 
Devek Gaffer Tape 1in x 10yd Black

1) Gaffer Tape
 
This stuff is a no-brainer. Gaffer tape is a photographer's best friend. It's strong, peels away without making a mess and is even reusable (to some degree). It comes in a variety of widths, lengths and colors and having a roll on hand can literally save a shoot. If we listed all the ways we've used gaffer tape over the years, this post would turn into a Potter-like epic.
 
If you don't have any gaffer tape, add some to your cart. If you already have gaffer tape, adding another roll to your inventory is still probably a good idea.

 
Canon E 77 II 77mm Lens Cap

2) Lens Cap/Body Cap
 
If it's been a while since you've purchased a new Canon lens, then you're missing out on Canon's new, very convenient center pinch lens caps. The new lens caps are a worthwhile investment especially if you typically have a lens hood mounted to your glass.
 
Don't want to shell out for the Canon-branded lens caps? Third-party center pinch lens caps are also available at a significantly lower cost.
 
And while we're on the subject of "caps," it's not a bad idea to keep extra body or rear lens caps on hand in case you lose one (I can't tell you how many times I've misplaced a body cap).

 
Vello ET 65III Dedicated Lens Hood

3) Third-Party Lens Hood
 
A lens hood is an excellent accessory to add to your kit if your lens(es) did not come with one. Not only can they prevent lens flare in your images, they can also help protect your lens's front element from impact. Typically speaking, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) lens hoods are pricey. However, as lens hoods are typically easy to design and relatively inexpensive to manufacture, purchasing a third-party lens hood makes a lot of sense. Third-party lens hoods may not fit quite as well as the OEM ones and they may lack special features (such as interior flocking), but otherwise [typically] work just as well as their more expensive counterparts.
 
How much can you save by purchasing a third-part lens hood? The amount varies widely, but here's a good example: the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM uses the ET-67 Lens Hood which will set you back $36.00 for the OEM version; the third-party Vello hood is only $14.95.

 
Vello LCD SCreen Protector Ultra

4) LCD Screen Protector
 
There are few things I loathe more than a scratched LCD screen; that's why nearly all my electronic devices (including cameras) have a high quality screen protector in place. I specify "high quality" because there are a lot of low quality (less durable, less clear) screen protectors out there.
 
I've personally used dozens of screen protectors over the years with various levels of satisfaction. My current personal favorites for camera LCD screen protectors are the Vello LCD Screen Protector Ultra series and the slightly cheaper Vello Glass LCD Screen Protectors. The former is a perfectly-sized piece of transparent optical glass while the latter has a small black frame around the edge that shows branding and the protector model number (but the frame isn't distracting in my opinion).

 
Sensei 62 77mm Filter Wrench Set

5) Filter Wrenches
 
If you've ever experienced stuck filters (especially if one of them is a circular polarizer), then you'll likely already know the true value of these inexpensive tools. Filter wrenches take up very little room in your gear bag and can save you the huge headache of dealing with filters that are stuck together while you're on a shoot. If these angst avoiding tools are not already a part of your kit, you'd be wise to bundle them with your next purchase.

 
Giottos Rocket Blaster Dust Removal Tool Medium

6) Rocket Blower
 
This is another one of those must-have tools that ranks up there with gaffer tape and a microfiber cloth – the Rocket Blower. Regular use of a Rocket Blower can help keep your sensor clean of dust and debris that may impact image quality with the result of time consuming post-processing needed to remove the distracting artifacts.
 
Need to create high quality product images? The Rocket Blower can help you remove dust from the items so that your images look more professional. Indeed, using a Rocket Blower is Bryan's first step when creating the product images used for this site. If a Rocket Blower is missing from your kit, bundling one with your next purchase may be a smart way to surpass the Expedited Shipping threshold.

 
Ruggard Desiccant Silica Gel Pack - Metal Case

7) Desiccant (Silica Gel Packs)
 
Keeping a desiccant (or two) with your camera gear can help prevent the growth of mold and fungus which can [understandably] degrade image quality and significantly reduce the resale value of your equipment. The most well-known and widely available type of consumer desiccant is Silica Gel which usually comes in single-use packs or reusable canisters that are reactivated by heat (usually an oven).
 
My suggestion - buy both. Keep the reusable desiccant with your gear stored at home and throw a couple of single-use packs in your gear bags (and replace periodically) for the ultimate in moisture protection.

 
Delta 1 Gray Card 8x10in

8) Gray Card
 
If you're unfamiliar with what a gray card can do for you, Bryan's Gray Card review written several years ago is just as relevant today as it was then. The short version: a gray card can help you set a custom white balance in-camera (reducing post-processing) as well as assist in determining exposure values based on a meter reading off the card.
 
I'm finding a gray card to be indispensable when shooting Super Color IRs as getting the correct white balance in-camera makes post-processing so much easier. One really nice thing about the 8x10" gray card is that it can easily be stored in your camera bag's laptop compartment (if the bag has one) which helps protect the gray card while also allowing it to be nearby whenever you need it.

 
Vello RS C2II Wired Remote Switch for Select Canon 3 Pin Cameras

Third Party Wired Remote Switch
 
A Remote Switch is a simple tool that allows you to trigger your camera's shutter without touching the shutter button. It's not as handy as an intervalometer (an intervalometer can do everything a switch can do and much more), but if you don't need the intervalometer's additional functionality, the remote switch is a good item to have at your disposal.
 
The remote switch can prove especially beneficial if photographing young children by allowing you to make eye contact with the subject(s) while triggering the camera from a short distance away from the camera. The remote switch can also be helpful in bulb mode because the shutter can be locked for an indefinite period of time and released without ever having to touch the camera.

 
Oben Tripod Hammock

Oben Tripod Hammock
 
Full Disclosure: I do not actually own this product... yet. I ran across the Oben Tripod Hammock a few days ago and I thought it was a really interesting, novel piece of gear. The hammock is suspended by the legs of your tripod and can be used hold filters, lenses, microfiber clothes, or anything else you might need while shooting from a fixed location. Even if your tripod features a hook on the center column, you may even prefer to use the hammock for your ballast needs as it will be less susceptible to wind.
 
For those reasons, I'll be adding this item to my next B&H purchase that, without it, would not qualify for free expedited shipping. ;-)
 
So that's 10 general purpose add-ons you can use to help qualify for free expedited shipping. What do you think? Any additional suggestions?
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/29/2015 7:02:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens page.
 
While I gave the "Most Beautiful Lens" title to the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens, the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens is not far behind it on my list. This lens feels at least as nice in hand as it looks in the pictures.
 
The Milvus update, including a new optical design, has been very good to Zeiss' 50mm f/1.4 in terms of image quality as well. Here is the new vs. old Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 comparison. While the Milvus 50 is not as crazy-good optically as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens, it costs far less. And it competes well in many of the other relevant comparisons:
 
Zeiss Milvus 50 vs Canon 50 f/1.4
Zeiss Milvus 50 vs Tamron 45 f/1.8
Zeiss Milvus 50 vs Sigma Art f/1.4
 
Many more relevant comparisons exist. Build your own.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/28/2015 10:13:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The functionality of a product must be the highest priority, but I'll argue that us photographers, by trade, appreciate design and beauty in a product more than the general public. Since it is photographers that look at and handle lenses most, it is only fitting that a lens has a beautiful styling. I am pleased that lens makers are taking style into full account with their latest releases, including Sigma's Global Vision lines, Tamron with their latest primes and now Zeiss with their new Milvus lenses.
 
A few of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses just arrived and product images are usually first on the evaluation to-do list. Avoiding as much of the inevitable-with-use dust and finger prints saves lots of post processing time. I had seen the Zeiss product images distributed along with the Milvus press release, but the new Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens really caught my attention immediately out of the box.
 
It was love at first sight. The smooth, modern, curved metal design is drop-dead gorgeous. Lenses are meant to be used for image making and ... this lens makes for a great image. Thus, I'm going to declare the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 lens to be the new "World's Most Beautiful Lens" titleholder.
 
That is my opinion of course. Which lens is at the top of your most beautiful lens list?
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/27/2015 11:28:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
Perhaps the most in-demand comparison is the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens, this one showing both lenses placed under the microscope of the Canon EOS 5Ds R. The comparison is initialized at f/2, but any apertures can be compared. EOS 1Ds Mark III results are also available, allowing direct comparison with most other lenses in our database including the Sigma 35 Art Lens.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
 
Also just added are standardized product images for the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.
 
Lots of great comparisons can be made with these images. I'll get you started.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 19, 2015
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I hope to have a full review of this lens completed by midweek or early next week at the latest. Stay tuned!
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. There are many lenses that could be compared with this one, but I'll start things off with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Canon 50mm f/1.4 with both lenses set to f/1.8.
 
The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens comparison is another interesting one (f/1.8 vs. f/1.6 in this one).
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 12, 2015
You've probably seen many of the product images I create on this site, but ... did you ever wonder what lens I used to capture them? No, it was not with the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens shown in this photo.
 
I take a lot of photographs of products and, somewhat uniquely, my most-frequently photographed products are cameras and lenses. Taking pictures of a camera and lens of course requires a ... camera and lens.
 
The standardized product images found in the site's comparison tool have been captured by a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens. Off topic, but in case you were also wondering, this lens is semi-permanently locked onto a Manfrotto 400 Deluxe Geared Head on a slightly customized (wheels removed) Manfrotto O800 Static Camera Stand. The head is great and the stand is sturdy and compact, though it permits a significant amount of vibration. As long as I use mirror lockup along with the self-timer to release the shutter, vibrations stabilize and, they wouldn't matter anyway as my studio lights have a very short duration that would freeze any movement.
 
While I use this setup for a significant percentage of the product images I create, The 180 L is not my most-used product photography lens. That honor goes to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Why use this telephoto zoom for camera and lens product photography?
 
The focal lengths in the 70-200mm range create a reasonable (slightly compressed) perspective that works well on camera gear. The focal length range of this lens also makes it easy to keep the white shooting table background completely in the frame. Wider angle lenses must be closer to the shooting table to avoid extraneous subject matter. While that closer distance can work, there is some flexibility lost (and a closer perspective results with parts closer to the camera appearing larger than those farther away).
 
This lens is very sharp, corner to corner, even on a full frame body. Ticking the CA removal check box seals the deal.
 
While I also have the f/2.8 version of this lens, I don't need an aperture that wide when I'm shooting with studio strobes (f/11 is the aperture I most-often use). The narrower max aperture allows for the f/4L IS to be a relatively lightweight lens, inducing less fatigue (along with less wear and tear on my body).
 
Very helpful is that this is an image stabilized lens. While the studio strobes are fast enough to stop any camera motion, image stabilization greatly aids in subject framing.
 
The 70-200 f/4L IS is a very useful lens for other purposes, including landscape photography. The additional versatility makes having this lens in the kit a better business proposition.
 
The weakest aspect of this lens for product photography use? It does not focus close enough to frame smaller subjects tightly. If I need to more maximum magnification, I'll most often use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, though extension tubes can remedy this issue to some extent.
 
Products come in all sizes and most lenses can be used for product photography of some kind. The range of sizes covered by a telephoto zoom, especially if you have plenty of working space, are great.
 
What is your most-used lens for product photography and what are your typical subjects?
 
Camera and Lens Settings
111mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3008 x 3503px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/12/2015 9:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Just posted: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review.
 
Sorry for being a little slow in getting this review finished. I've been having too much fun ... "testing" ... all aspects of this lens just to be "certain" that it was as good as I thought. ;)
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? Amazon has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM in stock. Also, the Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2015 9:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Resolution results have been added to the Canon EOS M3 page.
 
The EOS M3, Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s have identical sensor and image processor components, so it is not surprising that they also share identical resolution. That is a very positive aspect of the little M3.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M3 in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2015 7:39:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 2, 2015
PhotoPlus Expo 2015 is right around the corner and I am of course wondering if any new Canon products might be seen at this show. With Canon recently deleting a couple of older lenses from their lineup, the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
 
#ModelYear Introduced
1Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy1987
2Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
3Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
4Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
5Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
6Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
7Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
8Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
9Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
10Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995

 
The bottom 10 list is always ripe with good speculation material. I'll fabricate some rumors to get us started.
 
Knocking #1 off of the list right away: holding the third-least-popular position does not bode well for a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens replacement. Perhaps a new 50mm f/1.4 with 1:1/1x macro capabilities (similar to the 24-70mm f/4L IS or at least with a dedicated extension tube) will arrive and eliminate this lens from the list?
 
The referenced 50mm f/1.4 is number 7 on this list. This lens is a perennial favorite, but it is showing strong signs of aging. Its replacement should be more than just the same optical design in a modernized body. To be positioned adequately above the 50mm f/1.8 STM, this lens should have improved wide-aperture image quality and fast Ring USM AF. Adding image stabilization would vault this lens' popularity.
 
The 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 (#5 and #2 respectively) are good value lenses now. Modernize their build, modestly improve the optics and add image stabilization to get a pair of must-have primes.
 
When Canon introduced the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, most of us expected to see the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm lenses (#3 and #4 on the list) to be next-replaced. We've been waiting for that announcement for about 6 years now. That these two lenses hold the last two positions on the site's popularity list may explain why we haven't seen these updates. That a product refresh would launch them off of the bottom positions could easily be argued.
 
The 20mm f/2.8? This is not a popular lens and ... I don't remember ever hearing anyone wanting a replacement for it. Improve the image quality, modernize the design and add IS for, minimally, a better seller. Make the focal length wider for more-increased popularity.
 
The 28 f/1.8 is only very slightly more popular than the 20 f/2.8 and ... I don't hear demand for its replacement either.
 
Do nothing other than add image stabilization to the 400 f/5.6L and huge quantities of this lens would be flowing from the warehouses.
 
Bonus speculation: The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is due for replacement. This lens hit my radar because the year introduced spec is blank in our database, causing it to sort above numbers in my query (placing it in first place on this list). I know that you love that silver ring, but ... the low cost full frame telephoto zoom lens position is ripe to be filled by an image stabilized EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens with modernized build design. Add it to the 6D via a kit or a bundle rebate.
 
What do you think?!
 
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Let us know in the comments!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/2/2015 7:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 1, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III behind the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site.
 
These new results allow direct comparison of the 35 L II with a large number of other lenses. One comparison of interest is the Canon 35 f/1.4L II compared to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens.
 
What is still the case: B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
 
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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